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Mar. 30, 2001: NAVARRO Chardonnay Mendocino (88 points, $14)

Founded back in 1974, Navarro has always produced a wide range of wines. Their '98 Chardonnay is floral and spicy, with flavors to match, adding in ripe pear and apple notes, with a long, rich aftertaste. Drink now through 2005. 4,557 cases made. —James Laube

Mar. 26, 2001: SALISBURY Chardonnay Victoria 1999 (87 points, $8)

Here's a bright and juicy Aussie Chardonnay. A lively mouthful of apple, nectarine and spice flavors, hinting at honey on the polished finish. Flavors linger enticingly. Drink now through 2003. 4,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Mar. 24, 2001: ROSEMOUNT Merlot South Eastern Australia 1999 (84 points, $11)

Here's a value from this large Australian winery. A smooth and round Merlot, with generous currant and berry flavors that echo nicely on the firm finish. Drink now. 90,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Mar. 19, 2001: BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS Santiago Graffigna Malbec Tulum Valley Selección Especial 1999 (86 points, $10)

This value-priced Argentinean winery is cranking out tasty $10 reds. Their '99 Malbec is a delicious little wine, with fleshy chocolate-covered plum flavor and a nice smoky, spicy finish. Drink now. 85,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Mar. 16, 2001: BODEGAS ESMERALDA Malbec Mendoza Alamos 1999 (86 points, $9)

Here's a juicy introduction to Argentinean Malbec, with bright raspberry and boysenberry in a fleshy, mouthfilling package. A solid and tasty red. Drink now. 35,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

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